#CORPUSMOOC : Week 1 Notes from @drbexl

Here's my notes from week 1 of Lancaster University's MOOC 'Corpus Linguistics' (Haven't got time to do the practical exercise, but this is twigging some thinking re my PhD thesis database!): What is a corpus? A collection of words? It’s a methodology but not a theory of language. Why might I use corpus linguistics? Look at language ‘as it is’ Large amounts of data which are difficult to ID with intuition/anecdotes Large amounts of data show…

Checking out new MA from @LSTheology #digitalstudent

So there's a new MA on the block from London School of Theology. It's advertised as Beyond applied theology – the MA in Integrative Theology (MAiTh) can either be accessed and completed online worldwide or studied full or part-time on campus in London – what ever suits your lifestyle or needs better. As I was looking at this, whilst thinking about how CODEC develops an appropriate MA, and whether it should be  fully online/offline, and as the debate…

5 Myths About MOOCs

Really interesting following the MOOC debate: Moocs are depicted as a disruptive technology because they involve no ongoing teaching expenses and cost the same to run no matter how many students enrol. But the idea that “content is free” in education is one of several myths that have helped to inflate the bubble of hype. Yes, there is a mass of free material on the web. But for educational purposes, web content has to be curated by…

Brazilian MOOCs

I spent 5 months in Brazil in my Gap Year, and again on another trip round-the-world (yes, I know, I'm very fortunate!), and I keep saying that I'm going to have another go at learning Portuguese… so keeping an eye on what's going on in Brazil! As only 2 per cent of the 200 million inhabitants of Latin America’s Lusophone-majority nation speak fluent English, most Mooc resources have been inaccessible to the bulk of the…
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